Katharine Salmon

French and Italian 1995; MA 1997
Talking about
Legacy: support for alumni Footsteps Fund

“I wanted to leave a legacy to Leeds, especially if I can help make life better for students in generations to come.”

When Katharine Salmon (French and Italian 1995; MA 1997) decided to study at Leeds, she was warned she was heading to a “grim northern city”, but her time here was anything but grim:

“Once I arrived, I thought it was an amazing place,” says Katharine. “There’s a warmth a vibrancy to campus. I had a very happy four years here, involved in all sorts of things.”

Leaving Leeds, Katharine embarked upon a successful career as a teacher, and as Assistant Head of Year 11, will always recommend the University to her students:

“I’ve never lost touch, and I come up to see friends or introduce students to Leeds. I love it when you set foot on campus and see the changes, but also what’s familiar.”

“There’s such a diversity of courses here for students to experience.”

“I was lucky; when I applied, I was given a grant, which made all the difference to me. But I know that for many students who are in financial difficulty, without the support it’s very hard.”

Katharine decided to leave a gift in her will to support others in their Leeds journey:

“I decided to give back, particularly with scholarships, which can make such a difference for students.”